Sound — 6
The Metallica sound is unique. It is a sound that they have created and that only they have mastery over. St. Anger deviates from this sound. It's heavy, with no traditional solo's, and with the inclusion of Rob Trujillo on bass, is quite messy. It has a droning monotone sound to it that causes all songs to sound similar. On the lighter note, there are some fantastic riff changes, and it is good that Metallica have had the balls to put this album out. Metallica still lives, unfortunately only by a thread if St. Anger is any indication. Let's hope they return in full 'ass-kicking force' with Eye in 2005.
Lyrics — 4
Lyrically, it is Metallica's worst album. Period. The lyrics are actually more juvenile than when they were 19 putting out Kill'Em All. Hetfield has lost the ability to hold a tune (unless deliberately done for this album because it is quite a downfall) which he perfected on Black, Load, and Re-Load. A lot of the lyrics can pass as nothing more than filler.
Overall Impression — 6
As mentioned in my first paragraph, it is a monotone sound, and you could find a number of budding artists in garages or rock bars playing songs that are identical. Some Kind Of Monster is probably the best on the album, only because it at least has a diverse sound, and some interesting changes to it. If you are not a rabid fan of Metallica and want the album burn it from the net or a buddy that already has it. Buy the album if you are a Metallica fan because it's part of a collection as I did, not because it's a great one.